Expressing and bottle questions...

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  1. iwantabub

    iwantabub Well-Known Member

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    Hi ladies... Hudson will be two weeks tomoro ..

    He is doing superbly on the feeding front... He still has a bit of a play around before he will latch at nights coz he stirs then I get him up and my cuddles put him back to sleep lol so then we have to sit him on my bed for 30 seconds until he wakes up and try again...
    It never takes more than two or three minutes tho for him to latch and he feeds well...

    I've always had good supply ... I have massive boobies lol...

    So I was wondering... I've pumped twice now... Once to relieve a bit of pressure as he took the whole of one boob and finished... Then the other I pumped on the opposite boob while he was feeding so I could try pumping...

    One time I got 60ml and the other 40ml

    My question is... How much will he take at a feed?

    I froze the milk in my special containers for BM do I defrost in a cup of warm water?

    I would love to have a "few wines" and I know just one will have an effect as I haven't drunk in 10months so when can I introduce a bottle? Dh would love to feed him.

    I'm petrified that he will not feed off my boob once I give him a bottle.

    I know I will have to pump and dump to keep my supply up ... That's fine as I just wanna have a few with dinner but I don't wanna risk being over and feeding...

    How long does BM last in the freezer?

    I really don't wanna stop ebf and I don't like the idea of havig to pump every feed if he won't latch back on :(

    Thanks ladies :)
     
  2. misspriss

    misspriss Well-Known Member

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    You do not have to pump and dump. The breast milk has alcohol only if you are drunk. If you sober up your milk does to. A glass or two of wine is fine too as long as you are not drunk you can breastfeed.
     
  3. iwantabub

    iwantabub Well-Known Member

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    I assumed I had to pump and dump to keep my supply up while dh gives a bottle... So know BM is like blood alcohol and will go but I just figured to keep my supply up.. When missing out on a feed... Plus my boobs will be bursting by then lol
     
  4. joo

    joo Well-Known Member

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    You'd need to pump & dump to maintain supply if it was a regular thing, but if it's just like once a week then I don't think it would interfere with your supply. You could always have a nursing day the day after if you're worried about your supply.
     
  5. Bubsta

    Bubsta Love my Girl & baby Boy!

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    When I saw a lactation consultant, she said it would be fine to express once every 24hours and it wouldn't affect supply. If I did it more than once in the 24hrs, then my supply would increase. The last couple of days I've expressed only one boob once a day (I get enough for a feed off one boob so supply isnt an issue. The consultant said where possible, just primarily feed off the one so he gets the fattier milk at the back and hopefully he will stay settled for longer. If bubs is still hungry then offer the 2nd boob). As soon as I had one spare bottle of expressed milk, we gave it to bubs at feed time knowing that if he didnt take the bottle that I would be able to just stick him on my boob. He was fine to take the bottle, so I just expressed what would have been that feed. I'm just going to stick with that routine now. I too have big boobs and don't feel comfortable whipping them out in public (yet) so if we have company, we can just give bubs a bottle. So far, bubs has been fine going between boob and bottle.

    The lactaction consultant said that at our babies age, roughly around 90ml is what bubs will drink. So far that has been spot on.
    Lasts in the fridge 3-5 days. Breast milk lasts varying times depending on the type of freezer you have. 3months in a freezer that has a seperate door to fridge. Deep freezer 6-12months. Or only 2wks in the freezer compartment of a fridge.

    Yes, just reheat in cup on warm water. Don't use microwave as will destroy some of the good nutrients as well as possible heat unevenly.

    I got the above info re freezer from an awesome baby book that I can't recommend highly enough. I referred to it so much with my DD, and I've already referred to it a few times with my son. It always seems to have the answers to all different questions about baby and mumma etc in an easy to locate format and its easy to understand. It's called 'Baby Love' by Robin Barker. As Molly Meldrum would say.... Do yourself a favour! Lol. Xx
     
  6. PGLady

    PGLady Well-Known Member

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    I freeze my milk until I have enough for a feed (can only express one oz at a time)- goes stripey! He gets half husband weight in oz for a feed - at 11lb now he gets 6oz. Seems to work!
     
  7. youngy

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    I was worried he would take a bottle then not a boob but I introduced a bottle at 3 weeks (once a day) and he does not seem confused at all so far, will happily take both, even take the bottle from me. I use the breast flow bottles. I have been pumping once a day in the morning so dad can give him a feed, but I want to start building up a freezer supply. Good luck with a drink I had 1/2 a glass and got a headache lol xx
     
  8. monte3375

    monte3375 Well-Known Member

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    I use tommee tippee bottles and baby takes one bottle from hubby daily.
     

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